‘Torture case’ man gets bail

2012-12-20 00:00

A REGIONAL court magistrate granted Siyabonga Mchunu bail of R5 000 yesterday.

Mchunu is facing charges relating to the robbery and torture of two families at Albert Falls in February.

The bail was granted on stringent conditions.

The state alleges that Mchunu effectively masterminded the robbery, by pointing out the house that the robbers should target in the belief that they would find money and firearms.

It is not alleged that he was present on the night of the attack on the Lakhi and Valli families. During the attack boiling water was poured on to some of the victims, including a two-year-old child, to force them to hand over valuables.

Regional magistrate Riaan de Wet agreed with the investigating officer, Swami Pillay, that the charges facing Mchunu were serious and that robbery was a prevalent crime. However, Pillay had testified he did not consider ­Mchunu to be a flight risk and doubted that he would interfere with state witnesses or tamper with evidence.

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